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Flakey and buttery short crust pastry filled with almond cream and fresh apple slices, baked until golden and and crunchy. Dusted with cinnamon powder and served warm with vanilla ice cream.
If you like apple pie then this recipe is for you it is a no fuss Apple galette recipe that does not take very long to make, also it has all the flavors and textures of apple pie but with half the amount of time needed to make an apple pie. There are 3 parts to this recipe, the short crust pastry, the almond cream and the apples.
I have been loving apple season lately and this recipe is no stranger to it. I think September is the perfect time to cook/bake with apples. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumpkin everything but this time is scared for apples. A good apple pie must have a flakey pie crust, juicy apple filling and a delicious waft of cinnamon in the air once baked. And this recipe tick all those boxes.
What is a galette?
A galette is a French term used to describe flat, round, free form crusty pastries, cakes, desserts that could be encased in a butter based pastry dough. The fillings can vary from sweet to savory including but not limited to fresh fruits, vegetables, custard or cheese.
What is an apple galette?
An apple galette is a free form pastry that is layered with almond cream or almond frangipani, freshly sliced apples and baked with a dusting of cinnamon until golden, puffed and crunchy. It is a simple dessert you can serve warm with vanilla ice cream/whipped cream or serve it cold with a dustin of powdered sugar.
What ingredients do you need to make this Apple Galette?
Short crust pastry –
I have used home-made shortcrust pastry which includes butter, flour, salt and ice cold water. You could use store bought shortcrust pastry as well, find the recipe for my home-made shortcrust pastry here. I would recommend it should be an all butter crust dough for the flakiest and crunchiest pastry once baked.
Almond cream –
There are many variations on how to make almond cream but this is my version, it is simple and very easy to bring together. You will need room temperature butter, castor sugar, almond flour/almond meal, vanilla & almond extract, pinch of salt and egg. If you want to make this eggless use a flaxseed egg instead.
I use a combination of red and green apples for a variety in flavor and texture, you can use either or. they must be fresh apples and not frozen. A little squeeze on lemon juice on the apple slices adds flavor but also keeps them from going brown. I like to peel the apples and slice them finely. You can toss with apples with cinnamon powder but I like to dust the cinnamon over the crust while baking.
I like to brush the dough with cream, sprinkle of sugar, sliced almonds for a crunch on the edges while it bakes.
Vegan & Gluten free options –
You can use a gluten free short crust pastry as well to keep this recipe gluten free. Also to keep this vegan you can use any vegan butte instead of the regular butter and same goes with the cream.
What equipment do you need to make this Apple Galette?
To make the pastry I used a food processor and to roll out the dough we need baking paper, rolling pin and a scissors. You need a chopping board and knife to cut the apples, I use a brush to coat the pastry before baking. To make the almond cream we need mixing bowl and rubber spatula.
How to make this Apple Galette?
Check out my homemade short crust pastry dough recipe here. Preheat the oven to 180℃. To make the almond cream. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extra until smooth. Add the egg and beat again. Add the almond flour and beat until combined. We don’t want to add air but want to ensure the ingredients are well incorporated. Roll out the pastry dough between two sheets of baking paper until 1/4th inch thickness. Remove one sheet of baking paper and transfer the other sheet with the rolled out dough to baking a tray. Spoon over the almond cream and spread it evenly, keeping a border of two fingers space. Add the sliced apples and trim off any excess dough. Fold the dough over on the apples and press down firmly. Brush the outside of the dough with cream, sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Dust with cinnamon powder and bake for 35-40 mins until the edges are golden and dry, the almond cream has baked and the top has brown color. Slice and serve.
Serving and storing this Apple Galette?
You can serve this apple galette warm with vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. You could serve it cold with a dusting of icing sugar and cinnamon powder with hot coffee too. This dessert is delicious and forgiving, it is meant to be rustic as well. You can slice up the leftovers once cooled and store it in an air tight container in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Make ahead options?
You can make this galette ahead of time by preparing the dough weeks in advance and storing it in the freezer. Assemble the galette and bake it completely, let it cool dow before wrapping it in cling wrap, then aluminium foil and freeze for upto 1 week, when ready to serve, let it thaw and warm in the oven for 10 mins at 180℃.
Looking for more apple recipes?
- Apple cinnamon muffins
- Apple fritters
- Apple pie cinnamon rolls
- Apple crumble bars
- Caramel apple crumble cake
Now that we have covered how to make these Apple Galette, you can have a look at the recipe video on my socials but let’s get to it.
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- Rolling Pin
- Baking parchment
- Baking tray
- Mixing bowl
- Rubber spatula
- 1 all butter short crust pastry dough recipe
- 4 apples red & green
- 1 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 tbsp almond flakes
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
Almond cream -
- 50 gm butter room temperature
- 50 gm castor sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 drop almond extract
- 50 gm almond flour
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat the oven to 180℃. Get a large baking tray that fits a 9 inch round cake tin and set it aside. Peel, core and slice the apples thin, squeeze lemon juice on top and set it aside.
- To make the almond cream. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract until smooth. Add the egg and beat again. Add the almond flour and beat until combined. We don’t want to add air but want to ensure the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Roll out the pastry dough between two sheets of baking paper until 1/4th inch thickness. Remove one sheet of baking paper and transfer the other sheet with the rolled out dough to baking a tray.
- Spoon over the almond cream and spread it evenly, keeping a border of two fingers space. Add the sliced apples and trim off any excess dough. Fold the dough over on the apples and press down firmly.
- Brush the outside of the dough with cream, sprinkle with almonds and sugar. Dust with cinnamon powder and bake for 35-40 mins until the edges are golden and dry, the almond cream has baked and the top has brown color. Slice and serve as you like.
- Homemade short crust pastry recipe
- You can use any nut powder in place of almond flour, like cashew powder, hazelnut powder or pistachio powder too.